i Cryptic Crossword 2150 Nestor

December 29, 2017

Nestor has given us a tough ending to the week. It started very well with 1ac being the first in then not much else although a few were tentatively entered I did surprise myself by spotting 20ac straight off even though I’d never heard of it, this was one of the three obscurities in this puzzle, the Fig Tree in 13ac and the French puppet being the others two. The whole was an excellent example of creative and misleading wordplay that I would probable take the rest of the year to complete without some assistance. It is only 10ac that I still have some difficulty with, despite B&J’s excellent blog over on Fifteensquared I can’t see that either has more than two arms but I’m probably missing something as usual :). Plenty of candidates for COD 6dn and 22ac are deserving but probably just because I like the word its

16dn    Mind blown in more massive knockout (9)

Nestor makes an appearance on the other side to explain that the cup referred to in 17ac isn’t the one you drink your tea from I wonder if anyone parsed it as Nestor intended?

A very Happy and Healthy New Year to one and all.

Re. 10ac I’ve just got it now doh!

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2150 Nestor”

  1. dtw42 said

    Hmm, my reading of 17ac was as per Bertandjoyce’s blog.
    I had to resort to a bit of help in several places, but finally came here with just 25dn un-done. Entertaining enough, just a bit on the hard side for me.

  2. jonofwales said

    Well, the Friday puzzle is usually one of the more difficult ones of the week, but still 😀 This took two sittings to complete, but it was worth every minute.

    Like you I got 1ac quickly and thought I’d polish this one off pretty quickly, but it swiftly became clear this wouldn’t be the case. On Sunday I’m going to publish a list of i setters together with difficulty rating. I suspect Nestor just moved up the table a little…

    Happy New Year! 😀🍺

  3. AndyT said

    Crikey, that was blisteringly good. Deserves a “bravo” for 6d alone.

    I look forward to Sunday’s listing with interest, Jon. Who’ll be at no. 1? One name in particular springs to mind … the will to live starts to drain away when I see his name. 😉

  4. Cornick said

    I thought that was terrific. Nestor will doubtless be near the top of your list of difficulty, Jon, but what quality! For me his puzzles are like works of Art.

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